The Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is the ideal option for the individual who has already completed a bachelor’s degree in some area of music (i.e., music performance, music education, etc.). Ultimately, this degree program is designed to prepare students for either advanced-level clinical practice, or additional opportunities in research or college teaching.
Students in this specialized degree program complete one year of undergraduate prerequisite courses in music, music therapy, psychology, and biology. These courses provide the student with entry-level clinical competency. In years two and three, students complete graduate level coursework as required for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy.
The entire curriculum is built upon the clinical and research paradigm known as Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). This model utilizes scientific evidence regarding human perception and production of music to treat disorders of the human nervous system, such as autism, mental illness, or Parkinson’s Disease. The NMT approach is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted by the medical community and is currently only available at seven universities nation-wide.
Ultimately, the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency is designed to help students achieve the following three goals:
1. To acquire specialized musicianship as needed for advanced performance and for clinical practice. Within
the diverse and comprehensive Frost School of Music, students have the opportunity to study with faculty who
perform and compose regularly in local, national and international venues. Consequently, the musical
preparation of students here is unparalleled.
2. To achieve advanced clinical competencies by examining the scientific evidence that supports the use of
music in a therapeutic context. Through this examination, students will gain an in-depth understanding of
human behavior and further refine their clinical interaction skills. Students will then translate this knowledge
into therapeutic interventions which are then applied to clinical populations. Clinical work and research can
be conducted on the University of Miami medical campus, at a number of hospitals and clinics housed within
the world-famous Miller School of Medicine.
3. To develop independent research skills. Students will have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking
skills and to increase their knowledge of research topics, methodology and analysis. Students who pursue
the thesis track will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an independent research project.
Students who pursue the clinical track will apply research findings to various clinical settings. Through
various courses and the masters thesis, students will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct an
independent research project and to apply research findings to clinical situations.
The curriculum for the Master of Music degree in Music Therapy with Undergraduate Equivalency meets the standards set forth by the National Association for Schools of Music, the American Music Therapy Association and the University of Miami.
For more information on this degree program, please contact:
Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D., MT-BC
Program Director, Music Therapy